Colorado and Ohio Elections Yield Different Results for Moratoriums on Hydraulic Fracturing
In Colorado, voters in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Broomfield approved five-year moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing within their boundaries in elections held on November 5th. The recently certified Broomfield vote was so close that it has triggered an automatic recount the week of November 19th. Lafayette, CO, voters approved a resolution banning hydraulic fracturing completely and preventing the transport of drilling waste or chemicals through the town. In Youngstown, OH, a "Community Bill of Rights" amendment to the city's charter that would have prohibited hydraulic fracturing failed by a ten percent margin. A similar charter amendment in Bowling Green, OH lost 75% to 25% while the college town of Oberlin, OH, approved a ballot initiative banning fracking within the city limits.